On Your Marq seeks to support students on the autism spectrum throughout their time at Marquette University using an interdisciplinary approach to foster the development of the whole student, and the inclusivity of Marquette University at large.
Our mission, therefore, echoes Marquette University’s mission in the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the fostering of personal and professional excellence, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others. All of this culminates with the goal of gainful and meaningful employment in the students’ desired field.
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Students admitted to Marquette University with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Development Disorder(PDD), or Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder.
On Your Marq (OYM) is a college success program designed to assist students on the autism spectrum in navigating the college landscape at Marquette University. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, we work together to build the support team students need to thrive at Marquette. Everyone on the student's team receives training on the best practices for working with people on the autism spectrum. Formal and informal supports available to aid students in the development of academic, social, and independent living skills include:
- weekly seminars
- one-on-one coaching
- peer mentors
- mental health support
- OYM specific tutoring
The first two years of the program focus on the student’s transition to the rigors of academia. In the second two years of the program, On Your Marq works with students to identify strengths and skills to transfer to their career and life after college.
- Academic: Time management, study skills, academic and career planning, organization, interviewing skills
- Social: Communication skills, relationship development, social events
- Independent living: Self-care, dorm life, self-advocacy, stress reduction
- Mental Health Support: Students may utilize in program counselors in training, supervised by the director who is fully licensed.
The cost of this program is $3,000 per semester, which assists in offsetting the costs of individualized support, materials for the weekly seminar, and specialized training of faculty and staff. If the program fee is a limiting factor in the participation of On Your Marq, please reach out to us to discuss funding options.
"This program has been incredibly impactful for my student and our family. Emily and team are amazing!! Thank you Marquette for supporting such important work. And thank you Emily for your continued support and dedication to your students’ success both inside and outside the classroom!"
"OYM makes Marquette possible for our son. Thank you Marquette for supporting autistic students!"
"This program is the reason my son was able to go away to college!! Thank you for offering such an incredible opportunity!!"
In the News
Meet Emily | Difference Makers at Marquette University from Marquette University on Vimeo.
August 2021 Inclusive Leaders Group Podcast
July 2021 Crux article featuring current On Your Marq students.
July 2021 Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Check out Drs. Van Hecke and Carlson on WUWM 89.7 speaking about the launch of On Your Marq!
On Your Marq was featured by Yahoo! News and Milwaukee's TMJ4. Check out the video below: